Renowned for his highly acclaimed lexicographical works, Prof G Venkatasubbaiah (who turned 100 recently) has also been a passionate teacher all his life. He is regarded as a true ‘Nadoja’ (Nada-Guru), a title conferred upon him by the Hampi University in 2007.

Starting from 1939, Prof. GV has taught at Mysore Maharaja’s College and later at Vijaya College, Bangalore, till his retirement in 1973. But even after his retirement, Prof GV is known to have been guiding and teaching students one way or the other.

As president of Ramakrishna Vidyarthi Nilaya (Students Hostel) Prof. GV has been actively involved in  all its academic and service activities since decades.

Established some 90 years ago, located at VV Puram in Bangalore, this hostel provides free boarding and lodging to the students belonged to the families of poorer sections. Called ‘Kittel of Kannada’ and ‘Father of the modern Kannada dictionary’, Prof Vekatasubbaiah hails from Ganjam where his ancestral house, a tile-roofed house located at the town’s Mutthu Maramma on Garadi road, can be seen even today.

At Ganjam, there is also a century-old school where eminent Sanskrit and Kannada scholar Ganjam Thimmannaiah’s eldest son Subbu (GV) and his brothers are said to have had their early education.

A multi-faceted personality, Prof G V is the recipient of the Rajayotsava and the Karnataka Sahithya Academy apart from several other awards.

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